(April 2, 2012) --- Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and The Hartford's Chairman, President and CEO Liam E. McGee on Wednesday will announce a significant milestone in the Asylum Hill neighborhood – the start of demolition at Capitol West on Myrtle Street.
Once demolition is complete, The Hartford will maintain the property as a public green space while the city works to determine the best use for the property.
"Neighborhood revitalization and blight elimination are among my top priorities, and the City has launched the Livable and Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative to ensure a citywide approach to this commitment," Mayor Segarra said. "Capitol West has been an eyesore and a barrier between Asylum Hill and downtown for more than ten years, so its removal will create an inviting gateway between the two neighborhoods."
"The Hartford is dedicated to improving Asylum Hill for everyone who lives and works in, or travels through, this neighborhood," said McGee. "We are proud to partner with the city of Hartford to raze Capitol West, and look forward to removing this barrier between Asylum Hill and downtown and replacing it with an inviting green space."
In November 2010, The Hartford announced a $7 million, five-year investment in Asylum Hill, which has been home to the company's headquarters for more than 90 years. It is focused on education, community support services and neighborhood revitalization. For more information about its projects and programs in Asylum Hill, please visit The Hartford's website.